the cider house rules

by John Irving | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345387651 Global Overview for this book
Registered by literarylover of Miami, Florida USA on 4/19/2007
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, April 19, 2007
John Irving is one of my favorite authors and I always wanted to read this one since I saw the movie. I received this copy from a reader in Minnesota via

Journal Entry 2 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I don't have time to read this right now since I'm going to be very busy with school this year, so I'm turning it into a bookray so others can enjoy it!

The List
1. briz-cowgirl - Australia - (international)
2. Valmue - Germany - (Germany only)
3. Leukonoe - Germany - (international)
4. Antigone1 - Switzerland -
5. EmgeeNL - Netherlands - (international)
6. caroley - UK - (international)
7. Vekiki - UK -
8. 24-7-365Reader - UK - (international)<---- Book is Here
9. cat207 - Australia - (Australia preferred)
10. Withoutwings - USA - (US preferred)
11. eeyore75 - USA - (US only)
12. Queniene - USA - (US only)
13. mrsboknows - USA - (US preferred)

Just a few book ray guidelines:
- Journal the book as soon as you receive it, and contact the next person for their mailing address.
-- Take as much time as you need, but try to read within 4-6 weeks so the ray keeps moving along.
-- Take a moment to journal your thoughts on the book when finished. It's interesting to read other's feelings on the book too!

Journal Entry 3 by literarylover from Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, July 20, 2008
Sending to briz-cowgirl in Australia.

Journal Entry 4 by briz-cowgirl from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, August 4, 2008
Received from literarylover today, thank you! I am powering through two other bookrings at the moment, and will be starting on this one shortly.

Journal Entry 5 by briz-cowgirl from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, August 11, 2008
Finished! This is the longest book I have read in a while at 598 pages. I was keen to read this as people who have seen the movie tell me the story is terrific, plus it is on the "1001 books to read before you die" list. I admit I initially struggled to get into the book, however once a certain stage in the story hit I was engrossed and found it hard to put down. Loved all of the characters from St Cloud's, especially Homer and Dr Larch. Keen to read some of his other works now.

Thanks to literarylover for sharing this book!

Have PM'ed the next participant, awaiting response.

ADDIT 14/08/08: Mailing off to Valmue tomorrow.

Journal Entry 6 by briz-cowgirl at Brisbane, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, August 28, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (8/27/2008 UTC) at Brisbane, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



My bad, I thought I had already posted this off to Valmue, until I discovered the package sitting forlornly in the boot of my car yesterday, eek! Book has now continued on its way to Germany from Oz.

Journal Entry 7 by Valmue from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, September 4, 2008
I received the book today, thank you briz-cowgirl. I am looking forward reading it.

12.10.2008: In finished the book this week. In the beginning it took me some time to get into the story but then I really enjoyed it. I liked following not only the life of the main caracters but also of other caracters, like Melony.
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I was a little bit wondering that Wally didn't say much about that Angel was Homer's and Candy's son, although he knew it before he was told. And also after Angel and Wally had been told the truth, the relationship of the four didn't seem to change. On the other hand i liked it that way, it makes the story a sort of fairy tale.

15.10.2008: I sent the book to Leukonoe on October, 12th.

Journal Entry 8 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
A bit delayed - sorry! Have started to read this today and already the first pages are very irvingish. Thanks for sending!

Journal Entry 9 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Thursday, November 20, 2008
Halfway through the book now, and I like it very, very much. I love the passage where Dr. Larch thinks about playing god and concludes that this is good, as leaving things to chance can sometimes be the work of the devil. I liked the movie very much, but the book is even better.

PM'ed Antigone1 today.

01.12.2008: no response from Antigone1 yet, PM'ed once again. Book is in its last quarter.

Journal Entry 10 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The last 100 pages of that book I had to read in one long session last night, as I really wanted to know the end. Very nice book. The love between Wally, Homer and candy, however, seems quite realistic to me, but some little things in the plot seem very unrealistic: I don't buy that somebody who gave up practical medicine for apple farming will spend all that tremendous money on medical journals like The Lancet etc. to keep himself up-to-date. And I also don't believe that a poor black girl will not like to marry a well-off boy she obviously loves and run away instead. But that's not what you read Irving for - he's best in those little philosophical sentences scattered around the book. Thanks for sharing, it will travel on today!

Journal Entry 11 by Leukonoe at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (12/2/2008 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Berlin Germany



Goes as Büchersendung to Antigone1. Have fun!

Journal Entry 12 by Antigone1 from Genève, Genève Switzerland on Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thanks for passing on this book! I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 13 by EmgeeNL from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, February 1, 2009
The book arrived yesterday, thanks!

March 15th
I finally finished the book. It's a nice book to read although it took me a bit longer than usual to finish a book, but the tiny script and amount of pages could be a reason for that.
As said, I like the book especially since it's not the happy ending you wish for when you're about halfway throught the book, but still the ending is a statisfying one.

I already have the next ones address so it will be in the mail today or tomorrow.

Journal Entry 14 by EmgeeNL at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, March 16, 2009

Released 13 yrs ago (3/16/2009 UTC) at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands



The book is on its way to the UK

Journal Entry 15 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, March 23, 2009
Got it safely, thanks.

I've a couple to read before it but I'll get to it straight after those.

Thanks for sending it EmGeeNL

Journal Entry 16 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I really enjoyed this one. I started off quite slowly with it, I couldn't seem to read more than 50 pages at a time but towards the end I was glued to it and could not put it down.
It didn't end how I expected, which is always a bonus. I like to be surprised.

Vekiki no longer wants the book so I'm now waiting for an address from 24-7-365Reader so I can post the book on.

Journal Entry 17 by Caroley at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Released 13 yrs ago (4/7/2009 UTC) at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom



Posted to 24-7-365Reader

Journal Entry 18 by 24-7-365Reader on Friday, April 10, 2009
This turned up yesterday, thanks caroley for the pretty notecard. I have 1 and half books in front of this, but I seem to be reading quite quickley these days, so I will get to it as soon as I can. Thanks for sharing :)

Journal Entry 19 by 24-7-365Reader on Monday, April 27, 2009
I really wanted to love this book, but I am sorry to say I just can't get into it, I have really tried, I have tried reading in the garden, reading in bed, reading while waiting for the kids at their various clubs, reading a chapter at a time, reading a page at a time but with no luck I just can't get in to it at all, even though it has lot's of positive reviews, but that's the joy of bookcrossing; the chance to try new books some you love and some you don't! I have a huge TBR at the mo so I have decided to send it on to the next person.

Reserved - waiting for the address of the next person.

Thanks for sharing and giving people to chance to try new stuff!

Journal Entry 20 by cat207 on Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Arrived in today's mail. Thank you 24-7-365Reader, and literarylover. I have one rather dense bookring ahead of it, but shouldn't be too long.

Journal Entry 21 by cat207 on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I loved this book - nearly as much as last year's favourite read "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by the same author.

I've PMed Withoutwings but as her profile says she's swamped at the moment and she hasn't been active for 9 months I'm going to skip her and request an address from eeyore75.

Journal Entry 22 by cat207 on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Heading off to eeyore75 in today's mail. Enjoy. X

Journal Entry 23 by eeyore75 from Washington, District of Columbia USA on Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Rec'd last week - thanks!
Will read after I finish my current book. I'm a kinda slow reader, but I'll try not to hold onto it for too long.
Sorry the book arrived faster than I got a chance to journal it. Skipped Queniene because never received a response after several tries. I liked the book, but it's always hard for me to read a book after I've seen the movie, so I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it earlier.

Journal Entry 24 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I think the person that had this before me forgot to make release notes. The book is next TBR after my current read.

Journal Entry 25 by PalmettoBuckeye at Huron, Ohio USA on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Released 12 yrs ago (6/24/2010 UTC) at Huron, Ohio USA


After several failed attempts to get into this book I decided it's better off somewhere else. Dropped in the mail to minesayn this morning. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 26 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Thursday, July 1, 2010
Received from mrsboknows...thanks for sharing your book with me. I will read and pass on. Thanks, too, for all the little bookcrossing goodies! They are appreciated and will be used. Again, thanks!

Journal Entry 27 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Saturday, December 31, 2011
Took a while to read this, but well worth the read. It is the story of Dr. Larch and Homer Wells...the physician who teaches his orphan to become a doctor himself. But it is more than is the "rules" of life that we play by, ie. the cider house rules.

Journal Entry 28 by wingminesaynwing at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Thursday, December 6, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (12/6/2012 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


Placed in the ABC book box...on its way to Grimes, Iowa now, but who knows where it will land. It is a 1001-BYMRBYD book. Happy travels, little book!

Journal Entry 29 by innae at Aurora, Colorado USA on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Came to me in JennyC1230's ABC bookbox. Made a short stay in Colorado before heading out again. only because I already have a copy on my Mt TBR

Journal Entry 30 by k00kaburra at San Jose, California USA on Monday, November 4, 2013
This book enjoyed a brief stop in San Jose, CA before continuing its journey in the ABC Bookbox!


I read this book back in 2006 and wrote the following:

I began this book about a week ago - it's pretty long (although not that long for an Irving novel; his books always seem to be an easy 500+ pages) but it was fantastic.

The love triangle between Wally, Homer, and Candy was beautiful and terrible. After Homer had moved into the Worthington's home, I made the prediction that Wally would disappear for a time (through World War II as it turned out) and Homer and Candy would create a fetus, but I thought that Homer would be forced to abort it before Wally came home again.
It didn't quite work out that way.

While the plot was never a surprise - it was obvious from chapter one that Homer would never escape from St. Cloud's, try as he might - there were certain curves here and there that were completely surprising and I never would have predicted.
-Dr. Larch's reconstruction of Fuzzy Stone's life so that Homer would be able to assume his name
-Homer, Candy, Wally and Angel all living together for fifteen years
-Mr. Rose and the incestuous relationship with his daughter
-Melony's return to Homer Wells after she hadn't seen him for years wasn't quite the way I expected, not at all. I was disappointed that she was a lesbian, though - that just seemed so predictable and formula.

Great book. I've never seen the movie, but now I think I'd like to.


This is book no. 238 on the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list.

Journal Entry 31 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This book returned in my ABC Bookbox. I loved the movie, but decided not to read the book. I'm not going to read this one so it's ready to travel.

Journal Entry 32 by JennyC1230 at SoHo Bagel - Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock, Georgia USA on Friday, January 10, 2014

Released 8 yrs ago (1/10/2014 UTC) at SoHo Bagel - Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock, Georgia USA


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Left on the bookshelf when picking up some cheddar bagels. Enjoy!

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